For the Guardian, he named a top ten list of Victorian detective stories. One title on the list:
On Murder by Thomas de QuinceyRead about the other stories on McCreet's list.
The old opium eater's series of articles about the real-life Ratcliff Highway murders pre-dated Poe and arguably have a claim to be the true origin of detective fiction. The Postscript in particular is a thrilling literary reconstruction of how the murders were committed, tracing how "the silent hieroglyphics of the case betray to us the whole process and movements of the bloody drama".
On Murder is also one of Theodore Dalrymple's favorite books on the criminal mind.
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